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Comment And what about Wi-Fi (Score 4, Interesting) 201

I'd love to see a more thorough technical analysis done. Put a debug tool that monitors the system in real-time. Analyze every sports stadium and their network and equipment infrastructure. And put out a whitepaper that details everything.

Do we know if every NFL stadium has dedicated AP equipment with isolated and prioritized vLANs routing on-the-field device data directly to-and-from their supporting hardware infrastructure? Do we know if every device works with a clean OS install before every game? Are the servers consistent in every stadium? For all we know, someone may have patched two switches together across an old 100Mb link just to get things operational, or someone's running the hosting software on some old P4 server that can't handle the demand, or someone swapped the away team's AP with a cheapo D-Link unit they got at Target, or sixty thousand smartphones are choking the Surface tablet traffic.

It's easy to blame things on Microsoft, especially when your profession is football and not IT. But, in my experience, more often than not, someone screwed up the infrastructure side of the equation.

Comment Re:Hold down power button and ... (Score 2) 382

He's more like a little boy who has no idea what to do or how to do it.

Little boys and girls are tyrants. Children are sociopaths who must be trained to be civilized human beings [1]. Sometimes training doesn't take, ergo, Trump.

[1] There's a quote around there that says this better than I could, so if anyone knows it please let me know!

Comment Re:Biometric Gun Safe (Score 1) 389

I looked at those gun safes and rejected them for exactly the reasons you stated. I bought one that uses a quick entry combo. The downside, it requires a battery so it needs to be checked every now and then. Not really an issue since I take it out almost every weekend for a trip to the range.

Comment Re: AI -- FAR more hype than substance (Score 1) 207

True, but the advances will be in algorithms. The problem with AI is that it couldn't do things that impressed us because it coukd no see, read, talk, sense, walk, mive and itherwise get a good enough representation of the world. Google was birn with an algorithm. Recurrent NN in architectures that are recurrent are gradually learning and reusing other networks, combined with the ability to process informatiin abiut the world in usefull representations are advancing fast. If you look at evolutionary methods, it seems to be the case that at some point, we'll create some rules that just converge to intelligence. We are waiting for it to happen. Until then, we'll have Robo-Copies that can do anything better than us, but that get stuck all the time and don't generalize well.

Comment Re: Colossus (Score 1) 207

Agreed. But an AI first moves may be to hide what it's about to do, which will be own control of its value functions and other key safewards (whuch will be amazing trivial), then find a way to amazingly simplify the algorithms (huge boost eithout any hardware change), then huge replication (like a virus that spreads and hides, it could make itself distributed and hidden to all but itself) and then it woukd start ways to access and process orders of magnitude more data, and then start learning things we don't reprogramming itself, and then planning actions in the world.

Comment Cheap chargers (Score 4, Insightful) 191

I agree, it's a genuine possibility. I've ordered enough things off Amazon to be genuinely concerned about the state of cheap Chinese chargers being sold through there. There's no good reason to allow a vendor to sell a product that is unsafe, uses counterfeit labeling to bypass US electrical safety inspections and regulations, and easily threatens the safety and welfare of consumers. We can hang Samsung out to dry when its batteries catch fire, but we can't do the same to Amazon for selling us this junk?

My own anecdote: Our school district ordered 10 HDMI-to-VGA adapters recently from Amazon. They were Chinese-direct w/ Engrish instructions and the like, but I knew I was going to get that. What I didn't know I was going to get were incredibly, incredibly cheap 5V 1A chargers, only one of which was spot-on 5V, three more were within +/- 5% of 5V, five were about 5.5V (which still worked, but is not as safe and out-of-spec), and one that would start at 5V for about a minute, then float up to about 20V, before floating back down to 5V. Needless to say, the video adapter paired with the one that floated up to 20V had its display glitch out every-so-often, and even after I tried using a good 5V power adapter, the video adapter was permanently glitchy at that point.

About a month prior, I bought some other video adapters that also were powered by 5V 1A power adapters, but the stickers on the power adapters said they were 9V 1A adapters, even though my multimeter said they were running at 5V. (Sticker also said they were UL listed. Probably just as truthful as the 9V spec was.) I didn't trust those adapters worth a dime, but I wanted to see what was inside them. Unlike the wall-warts of yore, most cheap adapters now (including these) can be opened with a single screw. Inside was a little PCB stuck to the inside plastic cavity with simple double-sided tape. Most shocking to me: The PCB boards were hand-soldered, as evidenced by two of them having etches scraped into the board where solder appears to have overflowed onto other joints, plus that some joints were cold, some were gigantic blobs, and it was generally very sloppy solder work. Also concerning: the wires connecting the plug to the PCB were also hand-soldered on both ends, and more-than-half the joints were cold. One of those wires was also rusted out, and broke off the plug as the device was opened. (There was no tugging on the wire; just twisting it snapped the wire off.) Finally, one of the transistors had leads about 1/2" long off the PCB, and the transistor was bent so hard that one of its leads was dangerously close to a capacitor lead, all on the high-voltage side of the PCB.

This explains why Amazon can make a profit selling 5V USB adapters for $1.50 each, or 5V power adapters for $2.50.

Comment Re:Because Windows Sucks (Score 5, Insightful) 265

The only reason Linux is perceived as more secure than other operating systems is because most hackers don't care enough to spend time working to crack it, so there are less attempts.

Linux is a major server OS (arguably the largest), very big in embedded systems, and completely dominant on smartphones. Hackers are spending very significant time working to find exploits.

Comment Re:I hope Apple Pay will die (Score 1) 284

I can easily ditch my VISA for Mastercard...very VERY easily. The are commodities. I can't switch from iPhone for Android for payments without a HUGE mess in my life. It's a captive market. Apple is leveraging the network effect to reduce competition to 0 on their platform, unfairly and limiting my choices. Just like they charge 25%+ of every piece of software sold on iOS, they could change from 0.15% to 5% whenever Mastercard and VISA are out of the game. This can easily be seen with things like spotify, that have NO OTHER choice but to charge more on iOS. Does this price difference make me switch? Not yet. I am still bothered by how Apple can be a dictator, and isn't forced to allow competitors to compete with them in the platform for things Apple doesn't want to share.

The SECOND I can ditch iOS for something I like (Android is still not exactly what I want) I will.

Using Apple pay is validating Apple's bully attitudes and abusing practices and the banks are not dumb.

Comment Re:I hope Apple Pay will die (Score 1) 284

Why not allow other Apps to access the NFC device? Why does it lock itself, that if you liked to make calls with your phone, then many kinds of new things can only be done by Apple? I am increasingly annoyed by Apple greediness and how every singles cable is always broken, how the phones always need cover and insurance, and by the general attitude of the company.

Comment Does it really matter? (Score 4, Insightful) 146

About half the users in my network just go to Google and type "youtube" anyways. When I say, "Go to the address bar, and...", it's a foreign language to them. And mobile devices now hide the address bar, sometimes making it incredibly frustrating and difficult trying to locate it. With half of all users just Google the link, and the other half expect it to be a .com, why pay that much money for a specialized web address?

Comment Re: Holy flamebait batman! (Score 1) 891

We don't know who's the next einstein. If AI makes work not important for our race, we should change our rules. Nature wasn't invented with the assumption that every pine and flower be productive. It was designed so we could live and evolve. We also don't know where [insert your most admired person ever in the world] will come from. We should also not endanger the planet too much. That'd be the only reason for suggesting having fewer "offsprings"

Comment Re: THX Used to mean something (Score 3, Interesting) 44

THX wasn't even a technology, it was just a spec and certification - glorified QA with a big price tag.

The reason it's not relevant now is it basically devolved to big speakers and bass since that's all anyone noticed. Current theater effort like Dolby Atmos will provide *much* better audio quality, and still plenty of volume and rumbling bass.

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